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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 2:55 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2013.

By Matthew Girard

Killeen Daily Herald

Those expecting a high-scoring offensive show at Shoemaker's annual spring game got a pleasant surprise Thursday as it was the Grey Wolves' defense that put on the show.

Despite giving up a league worst 410 yards of total offense per game last season, the Shoemaker defense held the No. 1 offense that averaged nearly 300 yards a game last season to just one score, which didn't come until the 3:04 mark in the fourth quarter.

"I was really pleased, especially defensively," Shoemaker coach Ken Gray said. "Going into the spring that was one of our goals, to get better defensively, and I think we are. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm."

The No. 1 offensive and defensive units squared off in the first quarter and again in the fourth quarter, but despite the offense returning wide receivers Derrick Mays and M.J. Porter the defense forced the No. 1 offense to punt three times in the first quarter.

Led by senior defensive end R.J. Allen, the Grey Wolves' defense stifled any kind of running attack and routinely forced Showers to scramble when the junior-to-be looked to pass.

Allen said the defense has improved but there is still room to get better.

"We stopped the run today, but we are way better than that," Allen said. "We just have to get in there and make plays."

Defensive coordinator James Showers said stopping the run was a priority this spring.

"We set out in early spring, that we were going to learn how to stop the run," Showers said. "That's been our whole focal point and they came out early and put up a good stop on the front line."

The first touchdown of the game came with the No. 2's on the field. After backup quarterback Lonnie Eubanks drove the offense down the field to start the second quarter, Eubanks found Kelvin Harper in the endzone for a 12-yard strike with 12:23 left in the first half.

After sitting out the second and third quarters, the No. 1 offense finally got on the board against the No. 1 defense as Showers found Mays with 3:04 left in the game for a 60-yard touchdown.

Gray said the offense wasn't executing as well as we would've liked.

"The kids were really getting after it," Gray said. "I don't think we were really clicking on offense, but offensively we're a threat. And for our defense to do as well as they did, I'm really pleased."

Despite the offensive troubles, Gray said Showers has come on as a leader during spring practice.

"He's been everything we've expected and more," Gray said. "Our thing is trying to get him to not do too much because he knows our offense inside and out. He knows our offense and he wants to succeed. I'm really pleased with where he is right now and where he's going to be in the future."

Contact Matthew Girard at mgirard@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7569.

Grey Wolves' defense up-stages last year's top-rated offenseBy Matthew Girard

Killeen Daily Herald

Those expecting a high-scoring offensive show at Shoemaker's annual spring game got a pleasant surprise Thursday as it was the Grey Wolves' defense that put on the show.

Despite giving up a league worst 410 yards of total offense per game last season, the Shoemaker defense held the No. 1 offense that averaged nearly 300 yards a game last season to just one score, which didn't come until the 3:04 mark in the fourth quarter.

"I was really pleased, especially defensively," Shoemaker coach Ken Gray said. "Going into the spring that was one of our goals, to get better defensively, and I think we are. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm."

The No. 1 offensive and defensive units squared off in the first quarter and again in the fourth quarter, but despite the offense returning wide receivers Derrick Mays and M.J. Porter the defense forced the No. 1 offense to punt three times in the first quarter.

Led by senior defensive end R.J. Allen, the Grey Wolves' defense stifled any kind of running attack and routinely forced Showers to scramble when the junior-to-be looked to pass.

Allen said the defense has improved but there is still room to get better.

"We stopped the run today, but we are way better than that," Allen said. "We just have to get in there and make plays."

Defensive coordinator James Showers said stopping the run was a priority this spring.

"We set out in early spring, that we were going to learn how to stop the run," Showers said. "That's been our whole focal point and they came out early and put up a good stop on the front line."

The first touchdown of the game came with the No. 2's on the field. After backup quarterback Lonnie Eubanks drove the offense down the field to start the second quarter, Eubanks found Kelvin Harper in the endzone for a 12-yard strike with 12:23 left in the first half.

After sitting out the second and third quarters, the No. 1 offense finally got on the board against the No. 1 defense as Showers found Mays with 3:04 left in the game for a 60-yard touchdown.

Gray said the offense wasn't executing as well as we would've liked.

"The kids were really getting after it," Gray said. "I don't think we were really clicking on offense, but offensively we're a threat. And for our defense to do as well as they did, I'm really pleased."

Despite the offensive troubles, Gray said Showers has come on as a leader during spring practice.

"He's been everything we've expected and more," Gray said. "Our thing is trying to get him to not do too much because he knows our offense inside and out. He knows our offense and he wants to succeed. I'm really pleased with where he is right now and where he's going to be in the future."

Contact Matthew Girard at mgirard@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7569.

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